Fare: New American Seafood
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 3 Stars
Decor: 2.0 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the top seafood restaurants in the Brielle/Point Pleasant area
Noise Level: Moderate - high
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy quality seafood food with fine dining amenities.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who may prefer more casual family dining, or for diners looking for huge portion servings.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Australian Baby Rack of Lamb with Exotic Mushroom Risotto, White Truffle Oil and Burgundy Wine Sauce; The Butter Poached Lobster with Leeks, Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Creamy Grain Mustard Sauce over Fresh Saffron Fettuccini; and The Roasted Corn Clam Chowder, it's one of the best clam chowders on the Jersey Shore.
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
Shipwreck Grill, a popular Jersey Shore restaurant, is one of the best spots for imaginative and sophisticated seafood food in the Brielle-Point Pleasant shore area.
Shipwreck Grille is co-owned by Bill Cleary and Executive Chef Terry Eleftheriou.
Bill Cleary is a restaurant entrepreneur who also is a co-owner on Red's Lobster Pot in Pt. Pleasant.
Prior to opening the Shipwreck Grille, Chef Eleftheriou was the Head Chef at the French American Restaurant, Jamie's in Bergen County, NJ.
A very large three ton anchor, salvaged and brought to the surface by giant lift balloons just off the Manasquan inlet, is hard to miss as you approach the entrance to the restaurant.
While the interior is attractive, it is not out of the ordinary. The large oval bar, with a vibrant bar crowd dominates the landscape of the interior. High top tables between the bar and the outside walls are available for the overflow crowd.
The dining area features light soft toned walls (absent any paintings or mirrors) with dark wood bottom paneling, wood wide with floors and tables set with white linens and china. There is a gas lit fireplace built into a stone wall providing a cozy ambiance for nearby tables.
The atmosphere is casual with a touch of elegance. They have a dress policy of no t-shirts and shorts. During the weekends and summer months, the bar scene tends to be noisy and energetic.
The reason you come to the Shipwreck Grill is for the food! It's exceptional and served in an unpretentious, down to earth, environment.
As you settle into your seat and you scan the wine list and the menu, you will soon discover that you have entered a place that will please the most discerning fine dining enthusiasts.
Chef Terry Eleftheriou is very creative at preparing a large variety of well executed dishes with his seafood selections standing out. The prices are reasonable considering the excellent quality of the food.
They also have an excellent Raw Bar with a good selection of shellfish.
The service at the Shipwreck Grill is well trained, unpretentious, and attentive.
Monday nights are Lobster nights with excellent specials. On Thursday nights they have live entertainment.
Happy Hour runs Monday - Friday 4 - 6 PM.
Not Recommended for children.
Open seven days a week, reservations are suggested -- especially needed during the summer months. All credit cards are accepted.
Updated: November, 2018
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